JNC8 2014 Hypertension Treatment
This app provides the latest recommendations for treating hypertension. Available for Android. Cost: Free.
ASCVD Risk Estimator
This resource helps you figure out cardiovascular risk for your patients. It also provides guideline recommendations for treatment. Available for Apple and Android. Cost: Free. AHRQ ePSS – AHRQ: This app helps you figure out required or recommended preventative care tests or exams. Available for Apple and Android. Cost: Free.
I use this app to get a better picture of dermatological conditions. Magnifier uses your phone's camera zoom and flash settings to provide a better picture. This app will also let you take a picture of the magnified object so you can share it with your patient. Available for Android. Cost: Free.
This is a nifty drug reference book. The app is very simple to use, and it provides information on how to write a prescription for any drug. Available for Apple and Android. Cost: Free.
One of the things I dread most on a clinical rotation day is my smart phone battery dying.
The very idea is frightening, and I am hesitant to even mention it for fear of it jinxing myself. I don’t talk on my phone that often, and I’m not worried about missing a text — but the thought of losing access to my reference apps fills me with terror.
I don’t know about anyone else, but the older I get the worse my memory gets. No matter how much I try, it’s hard to recall new information. I don’t see apps as a memory crutch, rather more of a safety net.
I’ve also found that my patients appreciate when I look something up, explain to them what I’m doing, and share the information with them right then and there.
I consider myself a technophile. I need the latest phone, and I enjoy saying, “I have an app for that.” It seems that each semester I find a new favorite app. This had me thinking about which apps I use the most and which ones are the most helpful.
Not counting Angry Birds or Facebook, these are my favorite apps in random order.
I have no economic interest in any of these apps. As another week of classes and clinical days rolls around, I hope you all have much success and sufficient battery life to get through each day.
Sean P. L’Huillier, BSN, RN, CEN, is an emergency department nurse currently enrolled in Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies Family Nurse Practitioner Program.